Debbie Leahy: Just maybe, worry about the whales?

  • Article by: DEBBIE LEAHY
  • Updated: February 28, 2010 - 4:15 PM

And the dolphins? And all the other marine mammals who are literally dying to entertain us at SeaWorld?

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fxstsbFeb. 28, 10 4:57 PM

have the idea that the world is here for nothing more than our entertainment.

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notmetooFeb. 28, 10 5:07 PM

I don't agree with a lot of their opinions but anyone with a brain can see these animals should not be kept in captivity for our enjoyment.

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montaguezxFeb. 28, 10 6:10 PM

is a fringe group that has discredited itself. I don't take anything PETA has to say seriously. I do believe that the practice of taking wild animals and turning them into entertainment for our consumption in not ethical or moral. I think putting an ORCA into the largest pool at Sea World is akin to myself spending my entire life in the bedroom of my home and depending on the charity of others to live out my existence.

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futuricsFeb. 28, 10 8:52 PM

to see how adults and their children, somehow think they are getting "closer to nature" by going to these shows. There are a number of "swim with the dolphins" operations the US and in tourist areas in Mexico, that cater to this bogus ideal that dolphins would rather be our "lovable aquatic friends" than be free from captivity. What a sham! I am not a PETA sympathizer by any means. Yet we need to stop anthropomorphizing wild animals, effectively enslaving them because we perceive them as "lovable."

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killermebeMar. 1, 1012:49 AM

to tell me right from wrong. This keeping of animals for entertainment is wrong. That said PETA is a joke. It's a goofy fringe group who's methods and goals are out of sync with the realities of the real world.

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metaldrummerMar. 1, 10 5:03 AM

Regardless of how anyone feels about PETA, this Oped perfectly frames and discusses the cruel and inhumane practice of keeping these magnificent creatures in a tank so they can do flips and other nonsensical tricks for profit. Amazingly enough, we "smart" humans pay to go see these extremely intelligent animals reduced to doing inane "tricks" and then we think, "Wow, at look how SMART they are!" I wonder if any of the whales and dolphins look up at us in the stands and wonder just how STUPID we are.

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katiuszaMar. 1, 1011:47 AM

What methods were used to learn all of these things about dolphins and orcas? Has all of our knowledge come from observation in the wild? All from captivity (which would obviously be skewed)? A little of both?

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MELANIE4774Mar. 1, 10 1:28 PM

start with Como and the Minnesota Zoo, and the wolf habitats

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megahurtzFeb. 16, 1110:51 PM

OK I had to post here... First of all, I have to say this is one of the most biased one sided unintellectual articles I have ever read. Ms. Leahy, how are you an expert on what old age is for a cetacean,(that's a whale or dolphin)? You are obviously an expert on how to die from old age... I suppose that's when you get too wrinkled and just fall over? It couldn't be from any of the causes of death you listed in your article. We all know pneumonia only occurs to young animals/people who die prematurely and never happens to any creature that's old. Your rhetoric paints a picture of cruel and evil SeaWorld plunging into the world's oceans to steal baby animals away from their happy worlds. This is FAR from the truth, and only those who don't really know, or those with a half cocked, crazy, political agenda (like PETA) would perpetuate such garbage. My point is, life isn't really like the "The Little Mermaid" There is death and cruelty in every drop of the world's oceans. Did you know SeaWorld has not collected animals from the ocean since 1988. If death is so rampant in the SeaWorld parks, how is it that there are still animals there? SeaWorld has developed their animal husbandy to the point that even threatened and endangered animals have given birth at their parks, (most of which have been released back into the world). Every animal at SeaWorld has quality food (in fact, from the same suppliers as the restaurants where you may eat), around the clock care from behavior experts, vets, and animal keepers that devote their life to these animals. You are obviously ignorant to what truly happens at SeaWorld. Are they making money because of the animals? Yes. Undoubtedly. However, they are also giving millions of dollars to conservation organizations around the world. By the way, how is it that you developed such a need to care for dolphins anyway. I would venture to say it was when you visited SeaWorld, or a Zoo and learned how awesome these animals are. That's something a picture in a book can't do. So the next time you feel the need to speak on behalf of all the dolphins in the world, please don't, at least not until you actually know what you are talking about.

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